Looking for the Light Celebrates 11 Years On WordPress

11 Year Anniversary Achievement

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com 11 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

There are days when it feels like yesterday when I started blogging back in 2005, my blog was called Defining Memories. My blog was a personal diary of the grieving process after my Granny died. After a couple of years, my post started to turn towards other memories, many not so good, but ones that needed to be dealt with. I also started openly talking about my mental illness and my life long journey to reach stability.

I realized a name change was in order, my journey was more of a search, sharing my struggles, my wins, and losses. So Looking for the Light was born. I had no idea of the wonderful journey ahead of me. Although sharing the most intimate details of child abuse, sexual assault, and mental illness wasn’t easy, it opened a door to people like me who were on a similar journey. We were at different points in the journey but talked a language each understood.

I’ve grown and the blog is a reflection of my growth towards a healthier relationship with myself, my past, and how I advocate for chronic illnesses including my mental health and living a healthier lifestyle. I’m in a good place. I turn 57 in a few weeks and feel like I’m on level footing.

Photo by Giftpundits.com on Pexels.com

This year I was nominated for several categories in The WEGO Health Awards which is a huge honor. It affirms I’ve reached someone and that’s why I share. All of your comments and feedback are so important to my growth and understanding. Needless to say, Looking for the Light wouldn’t be where it is today without you.

If I’ve touched your life in some way, I’m so glad we’ve crossed paths. I grow from every conversation and relationship I make.

Looking for the Light will continue to evolve as I grow, gain knowledge, and look for betters ways to share the information as I learn. You are most important to me and shape the growth of the blog. Your responses or lack of let me know what you’re interested in. Please know, I’m always open to suggestions or ideas, use the comment section to share your thoughts and feedback. I read every comment.

I’m going to close with one of my favorite quotes.

β€œIf you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”  

Maya Angelo

Re-generate, Re-energize & Work towards Wellness





  1. Happy Blog Anniversary, Melinda. Well said how you started processing your grief, I was moved by this as my GrandMaman is still in my heart and I’ve written about her many times on my current blog and another one…well, I have three…haha…but starting 10 yrs ago was to just talk out loud in my writing. REading your post, I see you have grown with each experience and that is what is so beautiful. I also find WordPress community are so encouraging and supportive…best wishes for the holidays and please stay safe.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your kind words. We all start blogging for different reasons and it’s great to have that outlet. I have three blogs too, we have different parts of ourselves we want to share and they don’t’ always go together. I hope you’ll stop by again to see what is going on. I’ll check out your blog to see what you are up to. Have a great day and Merry Christmas if you celebrate. πŸ™‚


  2. Wow, Melinda, what an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations on building such a wonderful, helpful community with your blog. Your blog may be called Looking For the Light, but you’re a light here in the blogosphere sweet friend!

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply to Ali Grimshaw Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s